Just for the record--I do not intend to plant weeds in my own garden--it just sorta happens sometimes that when the wind blows, seed scatters.
I don't intend to paint one person as "Satan", because what I know, is that the deeds we do, and the words we choose reveal more about ourselves than our subjects.
With that in mind, I'll offer up a witch's definition of Satan, as illustrated by the tarot. A card that is yet again, of the archetypical 22 cards of the Major Arcana.
An illustration and explanation:
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I am called "the witch."
Sometimes affectionately, most times not.
And yet, I always feel a need to explain, to highlight finer points, by adding, "I am not strictly Wiccan-but solitary eclectic."
And when even that is met with puzzlement I say, with a smile,
"I like my truths convenient, as everybody does. I just berate myself for admitting it."
Bri-baby? I wish you were here to remind me more of our conversation. We talked about choosing reality in terms that I'd never considered before. But you talked of symbolism in life, literature, religion, and ritual, and the adaptation of "Elders" as well as lesser God/desses as tools to SERVE us in times of need, and I was sitting here, on this side of the screen, nodding vigorously and trying not to yell "YES" aloud in the wee hours of the morning.
Smile. You remember that?
I talked of embracing feminitiy when I was pregnant by embracing the female face of God, and learning every beloved courtesy of her name that I could--by all the names of her recognition through various religions and historical belief systems. And we talked of Jesus, whom I term The Christed, and not "THE" Christ. I confided how I loved the analogies of Christianity (and yes, I DO know my analogies) and how surprised people were, both Christian and Wiccan to learn that I love the religion of Christianity, however much I think it misunderstood.
We talked about the crucifixion, and the symbolism of the sacraments of the Catholic Church. I think we both expressed some outrage regarding the secular tendency, the secretiveness of Catholicism, and I told you then, that I thought I understood that it was based upon a good motivation, and backed up in scripture as well as esoteric collections of Jesus (the Christed) with the renowned .... of "Him" saying, (paraphrase) "Would you give meat to babies? Give babies milk, and let them with set teeth have the meat."
Then we began to talk of the nature of "evil" and the possibility of satanic influence in our lives, and lives around us.
I believed then, and believe now, that this quandary is aptly illustrated in the tarot, in the illustration of this "Devil" card, and the interpretation I provided above, of course supports my viewpoint of just who the hell SATAN really is...
Just think about the physical description a moment.
What we have here, illustrated is a man with animalistic characteristics. Horns, a tail, cloven hooves, sometimes fangs.
Understand that you are looking at evolution in stagnation. The archetype is clearly represented as a larger figure looming over apparent representations of the male/female. As noted in the explanation, the male and female "lesser gods" appear to be in servitude, with chains that are wrapped loosely about their necks. The handy explanation is that servitude is an illusion--the chains are but imaginings. Yet, I offer another explanation, and yes, one that tells more about me and my experiences than I should dare impart, that perhaps, chains are donned willingly. Perhaps where there is a lack of will, it's easier to subject the self to a physical life that doesn't agree with the heart. Gloss that over with oils on the leather, and buff the studs on the wristbands shiny, and you have the heart of sado-masochism.
Games you can win, by absence of consent.
But then, I tend to think in terms of symbols. Even when the symbol is clearly represented as differences in entity.
Such as, male and female.
I think that those terms alone have confounded truth in religion since the conception of language. Consider, for a moment, if we would replace that terminology with what I consider to be more accurate representations of the cosmos. Instead of thinking, "masucline" think, "active principle"--and likewise, the female, "receptive." Once you start thinking in that terminology it puts a grand spin on religious representative symbols--the yin-yang, most obviously, The star of David (slightly less obvious) and the cross, which was adulterated and amended through time to have more of a masculine symbol than feminine. (I offer as proof the Celtic cross, which pre-dates the Christian cross, wherein the directions are equally portrayed--while the Christian cross, or SOLAR cross, depicts the vertical masculine line as dominant.)
The Star of David is also representative of the two energies at one with the other. Consider two triangles, interlaced, one pointed upward, represented the masculine, and phallic symbol, interlaced with the downward pointed yoni triangle, with oneness and whole well-being signified by the circle of eternity. So, I guess I have to surmise that I believe God to be an energy a mirror of our deepest recesses, and if you should wish to understand the Holy trinity, one should first examine the atom. Neurons, Protons, electrons...a holy trinity.
"As above, so below."
Oh there's so much more...the beauty of comparative religion is that once you treat it as a jig-saw puzzle, and note the similarities and take account the disparities, it's so much easier to put the big picture together. I like to think of people as pieces of the puzzle, and we can all fit together if we find the right co-relations.
just keep me away from him.
peace good poets.
Let me know what you believe...
Satan, to my definition, is the freewill choice of an individual to act instinctively in the animalistic tendency of flesh. And yes, it occurred to me that if Hell is a choice, then Heaven is as well.
Thanks Bri-baby for the gift of this. I've been coloring!